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Families work to fix damages left by tornado


East Texans in Mount Enterprise are now having to deal with the aftermath of the EF-1 tornado that tore through Wednesday morning.

Surveillance video taken by the cameras at the Shell/Whataburger gas station on Highway 259 showed the tornado rip through Mt. Enterprise, tossing trash cans and signs all around.

One family had a tree fall on their home, and fortunately, they were able to save it.

Homeowner Kim Fryman says, "From the road, when you first approach the house it looked devastating--you just couldn't imagine."

From the inside, the house surprisingly suffered minimal damage.

"It caught the corner of the house and one of the tree limbs poked a hole through the dry wall in the ceiling. That's the only damage we have--and water damage," Kim said.

Which is pretty good news to the Fryman family--especially considering seven trees fell on the property.

While they were lucky the big oak tree did not fall on their home, minutes after the tornado came through, neighbors worked quickly to get the one that did off.

Neighbor Anthony Baze says, "There were people that we didn't know on the roof with chainsaws. There were probably five or six people from the community-- friends, neighbors, my pastor--doing everything they could to get the roof tarped, because it was still raining, trying to save what they could on the inside."

And as a thank you to the community, Kim  says this means firewood for everyone.

Kim says their insurance adjuster should be out there within the next couple of days, and then the clean up can begin.

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